Cellpic Sunday — 1/8/23 Take Two

Good News. In a comment on this post, Sweeterthannothing wrote, I *think* if you go to edit the post and look at the side bar to the right where the tags and stuff are there is an option to look at how many revisions have been done, you might be able to reverse it there? It was a bit painstaking, but I was pretty much able to go through those revisions and recreate the original January 8th Cellpic Sunday post, which is below.

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

You may remember from this post last month, my wife got a new Chromebook to replace her aging Macbook. My job was to get her Chromebook set up and to transfer all of her files from her Macbook to her Chromebook. Of course, her Chromebook didn’t come with a user manual, so I Googled “transferring files and photos from a Mac to a Chromebook” and there were many helpful sites and YouTube videos.

Her Chromebook is a 2-in-1 (i.e., it can be used as a laptop with its integrated physical keyboard, or as a tablet with an on-screen virtual keypad). My wife has no intention of using it as a tablet, though. She want to use it as a laptop. That’s where I ran into a problem. Her physical keyboard wasn’t working. Only the virtual keypad.

Again, I went to Google to find out how to switch from tablet to laptop mode. Again, all sites said “easy-peasy,” but nothing worked for me. No matter what I did, the damn virtual keypad wouldn’t disappear and the physical keyboard was useless.

So I took the photo below with my iPhone and called tech support at ASUS, the brand of Chromebook. if you look carefully, you can see my. reflection in the Chromebook’s screen.

Fortunately, I got through to a human being. l explained the problem. He asked me a few questions, assessed the situation, and then provided me with these instructions:

  • Press and hold the power button for five seconds until the screen goes totally dark.
  • Wait 10 seconds.
  • Press and hold reset arrow key (circle arrow above the 3 key) AND the power button until laptop reboots.

Bingo. The virtual keypad was gone and the visual keypad was working. Yay! And I didn’t have to pester my son.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.